4 Creative Lessons from Tim Burton

Tim Burton appeared on Charlie Rose recently to promote his art exhibit (who knew he was also an artist?) that debuted at the MoMA in NYC on November 22, 2009. (You can check out the behind-the-scenes MoMA video below.)

If you're not familiar with Tim Burton, you're probably familiar with his films -- he has directed such classics as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Ed Wood, Charlie and the Charlie Factory, and most recently, Sweeney Todd.

Burton filled the entire hour on Charlie Rose, discussing what inspires him and his passion for creativity. Below are four lessons on creative inspiration that I took away from the show:

  1. Always be creating. Burton doesn't use a Blackberry, phone, or computer, but he keeps a pad of paper with him in which he's constantly doodling or taking notes. His passion is "making things -- whether it's drawing, writing, or making a movie" -- and he is doing it constantly.
  2. Don't let people categorize you. Burton talked about how children, when they reach a certain age, are "boxed" into categories according to test results, skills, etc. This gets his "blood going" because it stifles creativity.
  3. Maintain your childhood spirit. "If you lose this you're really losing a part of your lifeā€¦All kids at a certain age are brilliant [in art]. Then at a certain age art gets beaten out of them -- they say they can't draw, which doesn't seem right to me."
  4. Practice Mindfulness and meditation.  Burton is always trying to be in the present moment, looking at things in new ways and soaking in his surroundings -- sounds, images, and people. The time spent "spacing out, sleeping, dreaming, looking -- is the most valuable time there is."

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Jason Wachob
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As Founder & CEO of mindbodygreen, Jason's mission is to revitalize the way people eat, move, and live. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue. Jason has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years. His upcoming book, Wellth, will be published by Random House in February 2016. You can read about some of his favorite life lessons here.

About the Author
Jason Wachob
MBG Founder & CEO

As Founder & CEO of mindbodygreen, Jason's mission is to revitalize the way people eat, move, and live. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue. Jason has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years. His upcoming book, Wellth, will be published by Random House in February 2016. You can read about some of his favorite life lessons here.

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